When we think of the Massachusetts Bay Colony of 1630, we often recall puritanical first governor John Winthrop, whose famous “city upon a hill” speech urged the colony’s devout denizens to lead pious lives and set a religious example worthy of reforming the Church of England. With ports flourishing from its successful fishing commerce, however, it quickly became apparent that Massachusetts was as much built on cod as it was on God. Continue to pay tribute to the Bay State’s founding fish 400 years later by participating in the 6th annual 2013 Art Drive, which features the “Classic Cod” exhibit in Dartmouth and Westport. Join in a preview of the event on August 2 from 6-8pm at Westport Rivers Vineyard and Winery, where art and fish enthusiasts can admire a school of four-foot long artist-decorated cod “swimming” around them on the green, all while enjoying live music from the Sunset Music Series. Food and drink will also be available for purchase. The preview will remain on display at the vineyard until August 3.
The Dartmouth Historical and Arts Society will also be hosting the beautiful fish on August 10-11, which will be available for bids on eBay through the Art Drive’s website. Best of all, your participation in these events will help preserve the cod’s watery home: 5-10 % of all sales will be donated to the Lloyd Center for the Environment, which helps educate the community on Mass’ natural environment.
Finally, during the Art Drive weekend (Aug 10-11), journey along the 15-mile long Open Studio Tour through the scenic coastal villages of Dartmouth and Westport to explore the work of 30 diverse and passionate artists. With the Art Drive’s wealth of paintings, ceramics, jewels and woodworks honoring Mass’s rich seafaring history and culture, there’s no doubt they’ll have you hooked. August 10-11, 10am-5pm.